• Kang, Kristopher

    Titles

    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    General Pediatrician, Inpatient Units, BC Children's Hospital
    Director, Quality Improvement, Division of General Pediatrics, BC Children's Hospital

    Degrees / Designations

    M.D.

    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Phone
    (604) 875-2345 ext. 6354
    Fax
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room K4-217 
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Quality improvement
    • Patient safety
    • Antimicrobial stewardship
    • Multidrug resistant infections
    • Vaccination
    Summary

    I am interested in ensuring that pediatricians provide high quality, family centered care for hospitalized children. My research at BC Children's Hospital focuses on understanding quality gaps and patient safety risks in the hospital environment, and developing collaborative solutions to address these. Currently, I work closely with the antimicrobial stewardship program, where I study how we can optimize our use of antibiotic treatment for hospitalized children, and how the emergence of antibiotic resistance affects patient care and outcomes. I am also working on a project to improve vaccination rates for children at high risk of severe infection, including hospitalized children who often miss out on routine vaccines.

    Current Projects

    Epidemiology and management of gram negative infections in children at BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital. This work includes several clinical research studies to explore the incidence, epidemiology, management, and outcomes of gram negative infections, as well as to understand the risk factors associated with multidrug resistance. 

    Targeting inpatients to increase vaccination rates for children at risk of severe infection. This is a quality improvement initiative to address the problem of undervaccination in hospitalized children. This project is supported through the Hudson Scholars Program in Pediatric Medicine and involves collaboration with the Vaccine Evaluation Center.

    Implementation and evaluation of a modified algorithm for oseltamivir use to treat influenza infection. This is a combined quality improvement/clinical research study designed to improve evidence-based care and clinical outcomes for children and pregnant women with influenza infection.  

    Selected Publications

    1. Ng K, Paquette V, Kang KT, Gantt S, Roberts A. 2015. Management of Influenza Infection in Children and Pregnant Women in BC, An Update. British Columbia Medical Journal. 57(9): 402-6.

    2. Kang KT, Kissoon N, Roberts A. 2015. Placing Equity at the Core of Global Health Research: Time for an Expanded Ethical Framework?. Curr Treat Options Peds. 1(2): 113-8.

    3. Kang KT, Etheridge SP, Kantoch MJ, Tisma-Dupanovic S, Bradley DJ, Balaji S, Hamilton RM, Singh AK, Cannon BC, Schaffer MS, Potts JE, Sanatani S. 2014. Current Management of Focal Atrial Tachycardia in Children: A Multi-Center Experience. Circ Arrhythmia Electrophysiol. 7(4):664-70.

    4. Kang KT, Potts JE, Radbill AE, La Page MJ, Papagiannis J, Garnreiter JM, Kubus P, Kantoch MJ, Von Bergen NH, Fournier A, Côté JM, Paul T, Anderson CC, Cannon BC, Miyake CY, Blaufox AD, Etheridge SP, Sanatani S. 2014. Permanent Junctional Reciprocating Tachycardia in Children: A Multicenter Experience. Heart Rhythm. 11(8): 1426-32.

    5. Kang KT, Chandler HK, Espinosa V, Kissoon N. 2014. Systems for Pediatric Sepsis: A Global Survey. 2014. West Indian Med J. 63(7): 703-10.

    Grants
    Honours & Awards

    Hudson Scholars Program in Pediatric Medicine, 2016
    UBC Pediatric Postgraduate Medical Education Award, "Rookie of the Year", 2016 

    Research Group Members
    • Shevaun Hughes, Research Assistant, PHSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program 
    • Robynn Geier, Pediatric Resident 
    • Suefay Liu, Medical Student